Friday, October 16, 2009

Review: Black Dynamite

After seeing the trailer for Black Dynamite late last year and hearing about it from the homies at Konsole Kingz when they went to the Sundance Festival I made sure I kept an eye out for its release date. Though its been a while since then, the wait was most definitely worth it...

I planned on going out to see it tonight when it hit theatres but I was blessed with an invite to a free advanced screening (whats up Diego) last night. The film was so funny that I plan on spending money to see it again.

Now, I'm usually not one for silly, or overly dry humor for that matter. I tend to prefer "smart" humor. Black Dynamite is a combination of of silly and smart. This was a very well exectuted movie. This may sound confusing, but they made the movie bad, on purpose. I mean you'll see boom mics in some of the scenes (which are sometimes out of focus) and you'll even see characters crying tears that disappear and then reappear all in the same dialogue. To clear it up for you, the film is not supposed to be a 2009 Blaxploitation flick...its a Blaxploitation spoof. Think I'm Gonna Get You Sucka but wittier with less blatant hi-jinks.

While the movie is silly as hell, it doesn't come off as embarassing. Meaning that yeah, its cool to laugh at this movie with White folks around. This is due in large part to the movie actually having skilled actors and comedians in the cast.

Michael Jai White (writer and director of the movie), Salli Richardson, Bookeem Woodbine, Tommy Davidson, Aresnio Hall, Kym Whitley, Mykelti Williamson, Cedric Yarbrough, Miguel Nunez, Chris Spencer and alot of other familiar faces will be found in this film. Hell, even John Salley and Brian McKnight are in it. So you know that even though the film is meant to be silly...serious talent was involved in pulling it off.

If you've been keeping up with the trailers and internet clips promoting the film, you'd know that alot of work was put into making this film an actual experience and that's what it felt like watching it. Everybody in the theatre was rolling and the "Cinemaphonic Quadrovision" filter that they added to the film actually made it look like it was made in the 1970's.

I really don't know what else I can say about the movie without spoiling it or getting the jokes wrong. Plus, I'm going off of straight memory since I couldn't take notes in my cell phone (they asked me to put it away, might have thought I was recording?). But the film is pretty much about what all Blaxplotation films are about...sticking it to "the man."

The movie starts fast and doesn't slow down anywhere. Each scene payed attention to detail through intricate wardrobe and writing. Of course the score/soundtrack played a part in the feel of the film too. All of the songs were funky as hell and equally funny at times. Just like the soundtracks of Blaxploitation flicks of the past, there was a song for damn near every scene. So if Black Dynamite was walking into the room...then dammit, the song sung "Black Dynamite is walking in the rooooooom."

The only drawback about the film is probably something that was done on purpose...which is the confusing plot twists towards the end and the lagging final fight scenes.

Really, all I can do is just encourage you to go see it for yourself if you are looking for a good laugh. The movie opens today in Atlanta, NYC, LA, Chicago, Philly and Seattle.

Leave the kids at home though, there's titties and alot of cursing in it.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Ours is an envionment where evil is perceived to be rewarded while good is punished. As with everything the Gods have a reason for creating this perception::::
People who fall on the good side of the good/evil scale have more favor, and when they do something wrong the Gods punish them BECAUSE THEY WANT THEM TO LEARN. The Gods want them to receive this feedback in hope they make corrections and begin to behave appropriately. The Gods DON'T like evil and refuse to grant this feedback.
EVERYBODY pays for what they do wrong, only evil people must wait until their next life before they will experience the wrath of the Gods, manifested in their reincarnation as a lower form of life into environments with increased/enhanced temptations.
Sadly, this allows the Gods to position this perception of evil rewarded as temptation, one which they use as an EXTREMELY effective corruptor.

Both Africa and the Medittereanean are regions which have sexual issues. This is a sign of morbid disfavor once you understand that females are the God's favored gender. Muhammad's (Mohammed's) polygamy halfway through his life as a prophet was preditory. Now a huge percentage of Muslims believes in male superiority and that the abuse of women is God's will. Female genital mutilation is still practiced in Africa. Black misogyny is the most eggregious example in the recent past.
Black member size is temptation to a predisposed population.
The patriarchal cancer spread throughout Europe because of Christianity, of which the majority of policy makers were Italian men. Expect the largest landowner in Europe and the continent's original superpower also played a major role in African slavery.

Militancy in Africa is consistant with the Iraqi example, as was slavery and the KKK here in America:::Fear enforces proper behavior. Without it we see what happens as a result of gross/morbid disfavor:::::AIDS, crack babies, dead young men in gangland retaliation killings. This is the purpose behind many black's historical tendancy towards resistance.
The same principle was true in Europe and throughout the world for centuries:::People whom lived under iron fists were conditioned to think the right way. As a result they experienced higher numbers of children accend into heaven because they were taught to think and behave appropriately, which they passed on to their children. Our preditory envionment of "freedom" was the primary purpose the Gods had when implimenting this strategy that is the United States, one which they used to spred the cancer of democracy and westernization throughout the world. And the Gods use this tool that is America to prey on the disfavored both at home and abroad:::Much like the ghetto, America in general experiences a heightened level of temptation due to the people's disfavor.

Even the Old Testiment is not to be taken literally, but the Gods do offer clues throughout to help the disfavored:::The apple is a tool of temptation used to corrupt Adam and Eve and cast them out of the Garden of Eden.
There is another lesson to be learned from this passage, and it is quite similar to the vailing issue and the discourse over women's attire which ultimately died in the 70s:::Women are responsible for and control the fate of mankind.

Think about what I say. Consider what I teach. Society is going to become disturbingly ugly as we approach the Apocalypse due to spiralling, runaway disfavor.
I do not know when this will occurr, but it is the God's way to grant some time before they end on Planet Earth.
Make the decision to always be good and never look back. Until you do this technology will employ tactics to test your resolve:::Ridicule, beligerance, doubt and refusal to abandon what people perceive to be their "investment".
Pray daily. Think appropriately. Too many are confident, unaware of the God's awesome powers or their status as antients. Others may fall prey to their positioning.
Be humbled, God-fearing and beware of the God's temptations, for everyone is tested to evaluate their worthiness.
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